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About Me: First I would like to say, RIP DADDY, I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND MAKE YOU PROUD. Rev. L. Wilson Jan 23, 1939- January 26, 2003 In Memory of a Loving Father. D & R Photos for Less "We'll beat any price, cause our price is right." Holla at ya gurl, sike nah. Wassup yall! Yall know me. I'm an alumna of Montclair S. U. now! Been one since Aug 2nd 2007. I was a Geography major and concentrating in Environmental Studies. I'm an alumna of Arts High School and a resident of Newark, NJ. I love basketball and other sports. My favorite team is the WNBA's New York Liberty. I'm a nice down to earth person. I'm also a Michael Jackson Tribute Artist.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Meet Me In The Garden Pt. 3

So far, week 3, the garden is coming along pretty good. My mom, sister and I have been watering it and it did rain once or twice since my last post. People are really getting into what they are gardening by adding flowers, more vegetables and yard ornaments. It is definitely gaining character. This is becoming one of my favorite pastimes. Here's some more photos.

Friday May 27, 2011

Plot 1

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Tuesday May 31, 2011

Plot 1

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Plot 2

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Article Response: Iran's largest lake turning to salt

Article Link Iran's largest lake turning to salt

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Image: Associated Press


Response Many of these types of salt lakes are common in the middle east. The Oroumieh Lake is a part of Lake Urmia in Iran. It is so crazy how a lake can disappear and turn into salt. I feel this is all due to global warming. Global temperatures are rising and causing the waters to boil and evaporate. Things like this make me know for sure that global warming is real. It is amazing how it happening causing boats to get stuck and having risks of salt tsunamis which can be very dangerous. Yet they say in the article that consumption is the cause for the issue as well. I can see that being an issue because water is still a precious resource no matter how much you may see around you. Especially if the area is prone to droughts due to extreme heat with lack of rain. Just to know that a large lake can become nothing but salt in the near future is very devastating and it lets us know it can happen anywhere.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Article Response: Red dwarf star: Distant rocky planet 'could be future human home'

Article Link Red dwarf star: Distant rocky planet 'could be future human home' | MNN - Mother Nature Network

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Response Life on planet Gliese 581d? Could it be possible that human beings can sustain life on any other planet? According to this article, planet Gliese 581d can sustain life. As long as a planet has a stable climate, a water source and oxygen human life can survive. I do believe Earth is not the only planet that can maintain life. It wouldn't be such a bad idea if the planet was closer to Earth. Can you imagine traveling from planet to planet? Imagine if it took you 300,000 years. That's just ridiculous. I can barely ride in a car for an hour without getting aggravated. If it was closer, I feel if the climate on planet is stable I would love to see how much further we can go. My main concern is how bad of a shape this planet is, I hope that if we did find another one that people won't destroy it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meet Me In The Garden Pt. 2

Today was day two for me in the community garden. I even got another plot for my boyfriend and I but we will still help my mom and sister with theirs. It was another good turn-out from all the neighbors. We finally got the soils so we decided to fill the plots with our starter plants. I planted some cabbage, collards, tomatoes, and more. It was such a warm day and full of sunshine. The rain came down all night and held up for my chance to get in the garden. I was loving the feeling of planting the vegetables, now I want to do more. I even wore green. Afterwards the representative Lee gave us some fresh tomato slices with a sweet vinegar dressing.

Below are some photos I want to share.

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Plot 1

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Plot 2

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My mom

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My sister

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Done for the day

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Novel Review: The Long Winter

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The Long Winter is a novel about a family's struggle to survive the historic winter blizzard of 1880 - 1881. The author of the book is Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book is fairly based on her childhood and experiences living in a pioneer family. This novel is a book from the Little House book series. The story was set in South Dakota on a praire. The main character is Laura who is very helpful to the family and one of the older siblings of four children. She tells of her journey through one of history's longest series of snow storms, especially how supplies and food began to run low. They were warned of a big snow storm coming but from October to May was not what they expected. This book is great for young teenagers and young adults. But any age will enjoy it. I will say no more, you need to read it for yourself.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Article Response: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' reduces and reuses on set

Article Link 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' reduces and reuses on set | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Response I love the fact that people are trying to make life more eco-friendly. People are using less energy and resources to be safer on the environment. People are building "green" buildings and environmentally safe surroundings. I love the fact that people are becoming more aware of how we need to protect the environment to maintain a bright future.

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Captain Jack Sparrow portrayed by Johnny Depp


After reading this article, I was so glad to see how even the movie industry are valuing the environment while creating movies. The fact that they were reusing some of the sets from the previous films was awesome. The last film 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' was released in 2007 and for them to maintain sets from four years ago is genius. There was also plenty of outdoor shots in the film, shot in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and London, to show a more natural environment. It was beautiful to look at as well. Well don't want to say too many details, because the movie is released tomorrow and I saw an advanced screening yesterday. Hope you all try to see all the beauty as well as the adventure within it and I don't mean just stare at Mr. Johnny Depp the whole time. :-)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Meet Me In The Garden Pt. 1

How lovely is this? The Greater Newark Conservancy of Newark, New Jersey has turned an empty lot on my street into a community garden. Today was the Greater Newark Conservancy's Plot It Fresh Community Orientation Day. After work I decided to attend. This program is to help preserve green space in Newark, promote healthy eating and community outreach. A representative named Lee was there helping my neighbors and my family get started. My sister, mom, boyfriend and I have decided to care for a plot to grow some vegetables. We all received free information about gardening and some starter plants. There are barrels that help catch the rain water and soon we will be getting a tool shed. This is only day 1, but I will be keeping you posted on our progress. Time to roll up my sleeves and throw some gloves on.

Below are some photos I want to share.

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Article Response: Michael Jackson photos could help fund energy breakthrough

Article Link Michael Jackson photos could help fund energy breakthrough | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Response This is my responce to the link above. Two things that I love are Michael Jackson and the environment. Michael Jackson was an advocate for the environment and nature. He makes many references to it in his music and interviews. I believe if this man is going to sell photos he has taken of the late King of Pop to fund an invention to clean up greenhouse gases and help the earth, Michael would be honored that his photos will serve that purpose. It will be a way he can help improve earth posthumously.

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Photo Credit: Reginald Garcia


I do believe people will buy the photos as a momento of the late pop star and keep it for generations to share. I'm not sure about how much the photos will make but I know it will be quite a bit. Even though the photos are of his younger years, that is a side of Michael Jackson people want to see more of and get to know. Especially young and post surgeries.

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Photo Credit: Reginald Garcia


This invention should really help reduce and possibly eliminate greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane and others natural earth gases that in a large dose mixed with other chemicals like burning coal, the use of fuel and gasoline can be quite dangerous. They can lead to global warming caused by the greenhouse effect. This is a serious issue that causes a series of issues, for example melting polar ice caps resulting in rising sea levels.

Hopefully this plan is for the right reasons. If so, I hope it works out and Reginald Garcia gets his invention created. I feel Michael Jackson would be honored to be a part of making the world a better place. What are your views?

Other source used was Wikipedia article at "Greenhouse gas"

Saturday, May 14, 2011

About Me

Rules:

Share 8 things about yourself. You are allowed 1 bonus thing.


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8 Things About Myself

1.I played the violin for two years in elementary school.
2.I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan.
3.My favorite color is green.
4.My favorite food is baked bbq chicken.
5.I love science and technology.
6.I have a pet cat named Precious.
7.I love sports; I played basketball and ran cross country track.
8.I love oldies music and classic movies.

*Bonus* I am a photographer.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Favorite Science Movies

I am not ranking these movies but I am listing them to show you all that I love these movies. I know there are more but these are my favorites. Let me know which ones you like or some you like that are not listed. Some of these movies are fairly recent, but I will list a few classic movies as well. Eventually I will create a classic movie list with movies such as The Poseidon Adventure and Godzilla.

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As we know, movies are made for entertainment value but some have some sort of scientific facts. Even though I can call this a science fiction list, things in some of these movies can actually happen. I know some of these movies have encouraged me to want to know more about the earth and study about the environment that surrounds me. Some are about subjects I love such as the weather, geology, astronomy, and ecology.

Here’s my list:

1.Twister – 1996 film about a woman and her storm chasing team hunting tornadoes and learning more about them after seeing her father die from one when she was a child.

2.The Day After Tomorrow – 2004 film about the effects of global warming causing a climatic shift and major storms, which leads to the next Ice Age.

3.An Inconvenient Truth – 2006 documentary about climate change and global warming giving people the awareness of the environment and their affects narrated by former Vice-president Al Gore.

4.Deep Impact – 1998 film about a comet on a collision course with Earth and a space mission to stop it.

5.Armageddon – 1998 film about asteroids colliding with Earth and a mission to stop the major one.

6.The Core – 2003 film about a collapse in the Earth’s electromagnetic field causing major sun radiation and a mission to restart its rotation.

7.Independence Day – 1996 film about aliens attacking Earth and the world fighting back to claim what belongs to them.

8.2012 – 2009 film that gives reference to the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar and the 2012 phenomenon that devastating events will end the world.

9.War of the Worlds – 2005 remake about aliens planning on taking over the world.

10.Knowing – 2009 film about a man who breaks down number sequences from a time capsule that predicted major disastrous events and shows that coronal mass ejection solar flare will end the world.

11.Lost in Space – 1998 film about who becomes trapped on a strange planet and has to find a way to survive and escape.

12.Volcano – 1997 film about a volcano that forms in Los Angeles after a major earthquake strikes.

Eco-Friendly Kid Movies

With so many growing environmental issues happening these movies are very informative and entertaining for children. I feel children can break the cycle and this is a great way for them to learn the message. These are films that are eco-themed and the issues that are addressed.

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Wall-E: consumerism, pollution

Happy Feet: commercial overfishing, pollution

Fern Gully The Last Rainforest: destruction of rainforests, conservation

Earth: endangered species, environmental change, conservation, animal rights

Oceans: animal rights, conservation, endangered species

Bambi: conservation, animal rights

Yogi Bear: conservation, commercial development, endangered species

Furry Vengeance: commercial development, conservation

Over the Hedge: commercial development, conservation

Free Willy: animal rights

Finding Nemo: animal rights, conservation, Great Barrier Reef

Chicken Run: animal rights

The Lorax: conservation, commercial development

Dr. Dolittle 2: animal rights

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Movie Review: 2012

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What are your thoughts? 2012 is a blockbuster film. It was a very good movie. The effects were much more dramatic than the previous The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day by director Roland Emmerich. It made me lose my breathe a few times as well as other people in the theater that day. I call him the "Disaster Master." I felt he wanted people to leave the theater with that one question in their minds, "What if...?" I know that was on my mind as well as "What would I do?" The prophecy in which the film is based on has been told for so many years but now that that the time is approaching another question forms in our heads, "Do you believe?" Do you believe that the world will end on December 21, 2012? Will there be shifts? Will the Yellowstone super-volcano erupt? Will California fall into the Pacific? Will giant tsunamis engulf the world in water? We'll never really know when. Do you think when our creator is ready to come will he give us a specific date or time? These are tough feelings and tough emotions. Who's to tell us when the world will end? It's an unsolved mystery. Until the time comes, no one will know for sure. The movie will leave you wondering.

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Another point made in the film is "Will you be saved if there is a way to survive?" According to the film, people who had billions of dollars here safe and average people like me and you will never know what's happening. Now that the movie made that point clear, I'm sure people are wondering "What will they do when the time comes?" I know I did. Another point it makes is "Will you be at peace with God or your higher power?" and if you are, "Will you fear death and take the sacrifice?" I know I'm afraid to die but if I do I am at peace with God. This movie will make you think about plenty of things. I feel that people should see this film. It will make you wonder, no doubt about it.

Dominique "Weather" Wilson’s Top 10 Favorite Weather Related Song Lyrics

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1. "As I, turn up the collar on my favorite winter coat, this wind is blowin' my mind" Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson

2. “In the thunderin' rain, you stare into my eyes” Anytime, Anyplace – Janet Jackson

3. “Man it's a hot one like seven inches from the midday sun I hear you whispering the words that melt everyone but you stay so cool.” Smooth – Santana feat. Rob Thomas

4. “Sometimes it's soft as a misty rain that gently touches my soul. It cools the fire that burns in me and I simply lose control” Rain – SWV

5. “My love, do you ever dream of candy coated raindrops? You're the same, my candy rain” Candy Rain – Soul For Real

6. “It's gonna rain It's gonna rain It's gonna rain down tears of heartaches and fears” Clouds – Chaka Khan

7. “When I wake up in the morning love and the sun light hurts my eyes” Lovely Day – Bill Withers

8. “Each time the wind blows I hear your voice so I call your name. Whispers at morning our love is dawning Heaven's glad you came” I Just Can’t Stop Loving you – Michael Jackson

9. “Zephyr in the sky at night I wonder do my tears of mourning sink beneath the sun? She's got herself a universe gone quickly For the call of thunder threatens everyone” Ray of Light – Madonna

10. “Well let the sun shine on your face and don’t let your life go to waste. Now is the time, got to make up your mind, let it shine on you, let it shine on you” Shine – Laura Izibor

Good Friday and Earth Day

I think it was quite cool that both of these holidays fell on the same day, April 22,2011. I still had to work today as well, but the day went smooth and kind of fast. Both of these holidays make up a huge portion of our lives one way or another.

Earth Day

I'm an environmental buff *hence what my major was in college* so I celebrate every Earth Day by wearing green of some sort. I love to promote environmental awareness. Our earth is definitely one thing we take for granted. I will continue to spread the message because everything starts with one. One day a few years back I stumbled upon an awesome shirt in JCPenney when I worked at the mall. I just had to have it. It made a statement "The Future is Green" and it also looked quite stylish. Plus everyone knows green is my signature color as well. I wore this shirt today at work and people gave me so many compliments. They also know I try to wear something that corresponds with holidays. When I got home my mom took some nice shots of me in my outfit. Pardon my tired look, it was after work but I wanted to take photos regardless.

What I Wore

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Good Friday

I saved this part second because people remember the last thing first. Today is a holiday where we remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ has done for us. It is about how he died on the cross for our sins. Today in Newark, NJ various churches came together to for the Stations of the Cross walk. It was led by Rev. Mamie Bridgeforth and various Newark and area churches. Even the councilman of the West Ward, Ronald C. Rice, attended. They sang hymns and there was a preacher who spoke. There was a young man dressed as Jesus and another one dresses as a Roman. They carried a large cross. It is a very major event that is held every year, this time I was able to capture some footage and photos. Wish they were better but I was outside of my job without my coat and it was cold.

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